53rd Snowball Derby Schedule

The Speed 51 and MAV TV cameras will have the best view at the track during Derby Week 2020. (Speed51.com Photo)

PENSACOLA, Florida (November 29, 2020) — It’s here! It’s race week for the 53rd Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida.

Over the course of the upcoming week, many of the nation’s best short track racers will descend on the the half-mile high-banked oval centered on the Gulf Coast to contest feature races in seven different divisions, all leading up to the grand finale, the 300 lap Snowball Derby, the most prestigious Super Late Model event in the country.

Here is the schedule for Derby Week, 2020 (All times in Central):

Monday, November 30, 2020 – Derby Week Begins!

The highlight of Monday is Five Flags Speedway’s very own podcast, In the Groove, hosted by track promoter Tim Bryant and Steve Stokes with special guests including Speed51’s Bob Dillner and a bevy of drivers. The show is broadcast via Facebook Live on the speedway’s official Facebook Page.

6:00 PM In the Groove Snowball Derby Special5 Flags Speedway Facebook

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 – Snowball Derby Kickoff Show

The traditional Snowball Derby Kickoff Show is set to once again be broadcasted live from Beef ‘O’ Brady’s mere minutes away from the Speedway on Speed51.TV. Check out this Speed51.com story for more information on what to expect.

7:00 PM Snowball Derby Kickoff ShowSpeed51.TV

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 – Tech Day

Beginning with yet another tradition at the Derby, the official technical inspection day starts off with hauler parking as the empty infield jumps to life with the hustle and bustle of teams unloading their cars and heading to the tech line. Initial inspections for the Super and Pro Late Models take up the majority of the day, with the annual Green Flag Party ending the evening on the frontstretch with music, food and the Snowball Derby & Snowflake 100 Qualifying draw.

9:00 AM Rig Parking
11:00 AMTechnical Inspection Opens
(Closes at 5:00 PM)
6:00 PMQualifying Draw
8:00 PMGreen Flag Pit Party
10:00 PMPits Closed

Thursday, December 3, 2020 – Practice Day

The track finally goes hot on Thursday as a full day of practice rounds for the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 pack the schedule, with races featuring the Pro Trucks, Sportsmen, and Pure Stocks fill the night.

8:00 AM Pits Open
10:00 AMSnowball Derby Practice
11:00 AMSnowflake Practice
12:15 PMSnowball Derby Practice
1:15 PMSnowflake Practice
2:00 PMSnowball Derby Practice
3:00 PMSnowflake Practice
5:00 PMLocal Division Practice
6:45 PMLocal Division Qualifying
Pro Trucks, 50 laps
Sportsmen, 50 laps
Pure Stocks, 35 laps

Friday, December 4, 2020 – Pole Day

Practice once again fills the early portions of the day, but by the evening all eyes turn to the Super Late Models with Snowball Derby Pole Qualifying taking center stage. Afterward, the Modifieds of Mayhem close out the night with their season finale.

8:00 AM Pits Open
10:00 AMSnowball Derby Practice
10:45 AMSnowflake Practice
11:30 AMModified Practice
1:00 PMSnowball Derby Practice
2:00 PMSnowflake Practice
3:00 PM Modified Qualifying
6:00 PMSnowball Derby Pole Qualifying
Modifieds of Mayhem, 75 laps

Saturday, December 5, 2020 – Snowflake 100

Perhaps some of the most intense racing of the week happens on Saturday. After the final practice sessions, and Pro Late Model Qualifying, Last Chance Races will set the final grids for both Saturday’s Snowflake 100 and Sunday’s Snowball Derby. Closing out the night is a 50 lap feature for the Outlaw Stock division.

8:00 AM Pits Open
10:00 AMSnowflake Practice
11:00 AMOutlaw Stock Practice
11:45 AMSnowball Derby Final Practice
1:30 PMOutlaw Stock Qualifying
2:00 PMSnowflake 100 Qualifying
Snowflake 100 Last Chance Race
Snowball Derby Last Chance Race
Outlaw Stock B-Main
Snowflake 100, 100 laps
Outlaw Stocks, 50 laps

Sunday, December 6, 2020 – 53rd Annual Snowball Derby

The day begins early with the removal of the haulers from the infield, and a gamett of pre-race festivities leading up to the green flag for the 53rd Annual Snowball Derby. Following the 300 lap affair, attention shifts to the technical inspection crew lead by Ricky Brooks in the “Room of Doom”. 

7:00 AMPits Open to Crew Members Only
Removal of Haulers from infield by 9:00 AM
8:00 AM Pits Open
12:00 PMSnowball Derby Pre-Race ShowEngine Warm-Ups & Cars to Grid
12:30 PMSnowball Derby Class Photo
1:15 PMDriver Introductions
2:00 PM53rd Annual Snowball Derby, 300 laps

– Daniel Vining, Twitter: @danielvining

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